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St Oswalds Priory

A Grade I Listed Building in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8694 / 51°52'9"N

Longitude: -2.2477 / 2°14'51"W

OS Eastings: 383042

OS Northings: 219007

OS Grid: SO830190

Mapcode National: GBR 1KZ.NKG

Mapcode Global: VH94C.082S

Plus Code: 9C3VVQ92+QW

Entry Name: St Oswalds Priory

Listing Date: 23 January 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245658

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472406

Location: Westgate, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1

County: Gloucestershire

Electoral Ward/Division: Westgate

Built-Up Area: Gloucester

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Hempsted with Gloucester, Saint Mary de Lode and Saint Mary de Crypt

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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844-1/3/246 (South side)
23/01/52 St Oswald's Priory


The ruined remains of the north aisle of the nave of the
former Augustinian Priory of St Oswald. Founded by St
Athelflaed c900; major C12 and C13 alterations and additions
and later medieval and post medieval alterations of various
dates. Following the dissolution the priory was largely
demolished except for the aisle which was converted for use as
the parish church of St Catherine. Rubble, including masonry
reused from Roman buildings, ashlar details. The standing
remains comprise the north wall of the Saxon church remodelled
in the C12 with the insertion of an arcade when the nave was
enlarged by the addition of aisles.
EXTERIOR: four early C12 bays with round arches on piers with
scalloped capitals: bays to west infilled with reset with
reset C12 masonry (including two blocks with chevron) and C15
doorway with moulded surround; second bay to east infilled;
bay to east has Saxon arch over C12 arch which represents
later infill; to east of this, and on north-facing wall, is
C13 trefoiled piscina and blocked square-headed opening with
chamfered jambs and reset medieval masonry; projecting as spur
to north-east is early C13 arch and wall with scalloped
capitals. Two early C13 bays to the west with higher pointed
arches and worn foliate capitals: infilled in rubble and
ashlar, with early C16 three-light and 2-light stone-mullioned
windows with sunk spandrels; projecting spur wall to
south-west and to centre between bays with chamfered
single-light window. The form of the Anglo-Saxon church has
been established by Heighway.
(The Anglo-Saxon Church: Heighway C: A Reconstruction of the
Tenth Century Church of St Oswald: London: 1986-: 188-195).

Listing NGR: SO8304219007

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